Art & design

Art & Design Courses - Online & in London  

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Narrative filmmaking
    Course Date:  Mon 24 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to produce, shoot and edit your own short film. Explore what steps are necessary to construct an exciting narrative. Learn about preparation, storyboarding, experimenting with different shots and camera movements, and the basics of digital editing to produce your own short movie to use as a film festival entry or a path to Higher level film courses.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  2. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  3. Portraits 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 28 May 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal for beginners and improvers. Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
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  4. Drawing 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  5. SketchUp Pro for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 28 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to visualise and model interior spaces and 3D forms with this easy-to-use and intuitive program. It is a perfect addition to our interior and/or garden design courses. The software is very affordable and available for home use on a PC or Mac.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
  6. Mosaics introductory: direct method
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop creative expression and confidence in this classic art form. Explore manufactured/recycled materials and surface qualities by applying them directly onto a base. Please bring ideas/sketchbooks. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  7. Contemporary art photography
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 6 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Become an expert in the fine art world of contemporary photography. Learn about the history, concepts and theories behind the art form, and the technology and techniques now influencing it. Develop practical skills to realise your own creative ideas, discuss your photography portfolio with others, and learn about platforms to showcase your work on the commercial fine art market.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  8. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 1 May 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
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  9. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course Date:  Tue 4 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This exciting and intensive course is a chance to develop key creative skills, methods and thinking in art and design, across 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies, to prepare you for application and entry to our UAL-validated, Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Please note that the course runs for two days (10.30 - 16.30) per week. Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the two days a week there will be six evening sessions (17:30 - 20:00) on Wednesday evenings.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £509.00
  10. What makes a masterpiece
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Look at works of art in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  11. Art and design portfolio projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore art and design projects in drawing, painting, model making and mixed media to confidently develop your personal ideas. Investigate ways of recording ideas and imagery through experimental sketchbooks and other formats to build a diverse portfolio of creative work.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. Painting 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 25 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Build on both similar and new themes to those studied in 'Painting course 1'. Continue working in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  13. Experimental filmmaking
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Push boundaries exploring experimental digital film making. Explore ideas, develop skills and create your own personal project using professional equipment and software. Invaluable for film makers and artists who wish to enhance their moving image practice.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
  14. Interior design for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 24 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the delights of interior design and give your design schemes that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and how to generate design ideas.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
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    73% of 100
  15. Printmaking studio workshop : focus on colour
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A course for intermediate and experienced printmakers wanting to build on previous experience and experiment with process to consolidate and hone technical skills. The focus is on colour application, advanced intaglio processes, realising personal projects and the production of high quality prints.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00

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